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WDFW proposes use of pesticide to remove unwanted species

SPOKANE, Wash. - State fishery managers will host five public meetings in July to discuss the use of rotenone treatments to remove unwanted fish species from lakes and streams.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing to treat Rigley, Rocky, and Williams lakes in Stevens County, Hog and Fishtrap lakes in Spokane County, and Ephrata Lake in Grant County. The lakes will be treated in the fall to remove species like bass and bullhead.

The Department is also proposing to treat a 5-mile section of Smalle Creek and a half-mile section of Highline Creek in Pend Oreille County.

“The goal is to restore trout populations by removing competing species that have essentially taken over these waters,” said Bruce Bolding, WDFW warmwater fish program manager. “Illegally stocked fish compete with trout fry for food and prey upon them, rendering efforts to stock trout ineffective.”

According to Bolding, the treament would help waterfowl and their young at Ephrata Lake, where the birds compete with fish for food.

At Smalle and Highline Creeks, the goal is to remove non-native eastern brook trout in order to preserve a population of native westslope cutthroat.

The public meetings will be held at the locations and times below.

-Colville: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, in the WDFW District 1 Office, 755 S. Main Street.

-Ephrata: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 12, at the WDFW Region 2 Office, 1550 Alder Street NW.

-Olympia: 6 to 7 p.m., Thursday, July 13, in Room 175 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington Street.

-Spokane: 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, in the WDFW Region 1 Office, 2315 North Discovery Place, Spokane Valley.

-Cusick: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, July 13, in the Cusick Community Center, 107 1st Avenue.